Returning Nitartha Students

If you have attended the Summer Institute in the past (returning students) you may need to meet certain requirements for some courses and submit eligibility applications. See details below.

Mahamudra Shamatha
First-year students

You are welcome to attend the Mahamudra Shamatha course if you would like. Please note that prior to the 2020 Summer Institute, Mahamudra shamatha students are required to read and study The Progressive Stages on the Meditation of Emptiness by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (available at the Nalanda Store). The Open Door to Emptiness by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a recommended reading. (No eligibility application required.)

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I
Second-year students

Prior Nitartha students who have completed Mahamudra Shamatha: If you have attended and completed Nitartha’s Mahamudra Shamatha course (two sessions, includes pre-summer online), you are eligible to take Mahamudra Vipashyana-I at the Summer Institute.

Eligilibility applications open soon (required).

It is highly recommended that all Mahamudra Vipashyana-I students complete 100 hours of Mahamudra shamatha practice before the 2020 Summer Institute.

Mahamudra Vipashyana-II
Third-year students

Prior Nitartha students who have completed Mahamudra Vipashyana-I: If you have attended and completed Nitartha’s Mahamudra Vipashyana-I course (two sessions, includes pre-summer online), you are eligible to take the Mahamudra Vipashyana-II course at the Summer Institute.

Eligilibility applications open soon (required).

It is highly recommended that all students who would like to take Mahamudra Vipashyana-II complete 100 hours of Mahamudra vipashyana practice before the 2020 Summer Institute.

Guhyagarbha:
Luminous Essence:
Tantra of the Secret Essence

Prior Guhyagarbha students: If you attended Rinpoche’s Tantra of the Secret Essence course at the Summer Institute in either 2018 or 2019, you are eligible to attend the continuation of this course in 2020.

New Guhyagarbha students: If you have not taken this course in prior years, you must have completed ngöndro (preliminary practices) in order to attend.

Applications for eligibility will open soon (required).

Mahamudra Silent Retreat
with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Session 3 (July 30-August 8)

Students who attend sessions 1 and/or 2 are welcome to stay for this silent retreat, which is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and study. Students may also join this Mahamudra Retreat without having attended either of the two previous 9-day Mahamudra programs if they have previous experience with Mahamudra meditation, such as having taken Mahamudra at a previous Summer Institute or having received practice instructions from a Mahamudra teacher. (No elegibility application required.)

Note: Registration for the 2020 Summer Institute will open March 1, 2020.